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(NECN: Alison King) – In the race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, Republican Gabriel Gomez is under attack again by Democrats who are raising more questions about the taxes he's paid. This comes as Republicans unveiled a new attack video targeting Ed Markey.
Gomez toured an aerospace components business in Woburn on Monday afternoon and talked about his proposal for a congressional pay freeze, but there were more questions about his income taxes and tax loopholes he might have benefited from.
"This is exactly why people hate politics," Gomez said. "They're dealing in fantasy land and making things up."
That's the reaction from Gomez to the Democrats latest attack - that Gomez, they say, declared so-called "carried interest" on his financial disclosure regarding his separation agreement with his private equity firm.
In a release from the state democratic party, "carried interest" is described as a fancy term for rich people paying far less on their taxes than the average person.
"There's no such thing as a carried interest deduction," Gomez said.
The attack comes less than a week after a report showed Gomez took a $280,000 income tax deduction in 2005 on his historic Cohasset home for pledging not to make any changes to its façade, which the report says he was barred from doing anyway by the town's historic commission.
Asked to release his 2005 tax rate, Gomez says he's released six years of income tax returns, while his Democratic opponent Ed Markey has not released any.
"I think this tells you just how scared and how desperate the Democrats are right now that we're actually, probably ahead" Gomez said.
The Gomez campaign points to an internal poll, which shows just three points separating him from Markey.
The Gomez poll shows Markey with 46-percent and Gomez with 43-percent; 11-percent are undecided. The poll follows four other polls, three of which show a 4-to-6 point spread.
Those poll numbers are being watched closely by Republicans nationally and it seems they are starting to show a willingness to get involved in this race.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has a new web video hitting Markey for bouncing checks in the early 1990s.
"It's time Ed Markey gets a real job... 40 years in Washington is enough," the web video says.
Meanwhile, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has given $5,000 to the Gomez campaign from his new PAC, even as he advised Gomez not to flaunt support from national Republicans.
Gomez says he can't control who gives him money.
"I'm my own person. I'm going to win this election with or without D.C.," Gomez said.
Markey was not on the campaign trail on Monday, though Senator Elizabeth Warren was out in Worcester and Framingham thanking Markey supporters and urging them to keep up their efforts to defeat Gomez.
Meanwhile, Gomez has a big name coming to Massachusetts next week on his behalf: Senator John McCain will headline a fund raiser. There’s no word yet on the details.